What I Watched, What You Watched #132

Happy Sunday, everyone! It’s been a busy week over here at the Sacred Wall, thanks to a lot of screening opportunities. I’ve seen Dolemite Is My Name and El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie on the silver screen, while I also had a chance to see The Fanatic for Sacred Walloween’s #31DaysOfHorror. I won’t give too much away, as the reviews are coming in the next two weeks, but I very much loved two of those films, and the third is every bit as bad as you’ve heard. I’ll let you decide which is which.

At home, I continued #31Days with two horror films released earlier this year, Brightburn and The Curse of La Llorona, both to my chagrin. Brightburn had a kernel of a good idea, but the execution was sloppy at best. The action was laughable, the dialogue idiotic, and the message obvious. Meanwhile, La Llorona is everything bad you could imagine in a horror film, which is a bit of a shame, because some of the scares were pretty well set up. Too bad they would always be ruined by a bad jump scare or a convoluted plot twist that never worked properly. Luckily, my #31Days weren’t completely ruined – I also continued my Friday the 13th binge with Friday the 13th: Part 3. And you know what? I kind of loved it. It had the perfect level of shlockiness, humor, and setup, with actually interesting takes on the archetypes. And I can’t forget the fact that Jason finally got his mask! It’s pretty dumb, but in terms of campy slasher films, you could do worse that Part 3. Oh, and I took advantage of an opportunity to see the original Halloween on the big screen, which was a remarkable experience, and I learned two things. First, you can absolutely guess who’s going to root for the villain based on gender and apparel choices. And second, thanks to Debra Hill’s clear writing, women who like horror love Halloween – the audience was 70/30 female. Just some interesting tidbits I thought I’d share about potentially my favorite horror film ever.

On TV, I’m nearing the end of my Succession run, which is disappointing and exciting at the same time. I could watch this show for the rest of eternity, but I also want to see how this season ends. The Congressional hearings are fascinating, and I can’t wait to discover who Logan puts on the chopping block. Meanwhile, Wednesday was filled with my usual shows, South Park and It’s Always Sunny. South Park has been doubling down on this China arc that should be genius, but for some reason isn’t really working, but the anti-vaxx stuff with Cartman is pretty solid. Meanwhile, Sunny’s “Dee Day” is one of the show’s funniest in a long time, with every cast member operating at full capacity. Oh, and I’ve also been skimming Sunny’s follow-up, Cake. Not for the show itself, but for the segment halfway through titled “Quarter Life Poetry” by Samantha Jayne. It is single-handedly one of the funniest, smartest bits of humor on TV right now, and it fills a void left by Crazy Ex-Girlfriend in certain ways. You should check it out if you haven’t already.

That wraps up this week’s What I Watched, What You Watched. I’ll try to use this week getting caught up on #31DaysOfHorror so I have more to tell you guys about going forward. Until then, you can comment below with what you’ve been watching, or what you guys think about what I’ve been watching. See you all soon!

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